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The Final Day of Artomatic, December 12, 2015

After seven weeks in operation, numerous visitors, and numerous events it was time to close Artomatic 2015 for good. But there was still a full day of fun artful activities to experience before the doors closed to the public for the last time.

First I saw Glenn Richardson doing a demonstration on chain saw carving while his dog, Gus, alternated between greeting the visitors and laying around on the ground. Many of his chain saw wood sculptures that were on display outside were available for sale. (I saw a few people buying his creations.)

I went inside where I saw a special table that was set up. It was to sell Dallas Popcorn, which is locally made in Hyattsville. There were free samples available to try. I ultimately purchased the pizza flavor popcorn.

I took this photo of an ink drawing, one of the many works of art that was on display at Artomatic.

I caught this live performance from The Bill Alfred Project.

Here is what the Community Site Painting, where Micheal McMullin allowed visitors to paint on selected canvases, looked like on the final night.

Once again Dan Kennedy was working on his latest painting near the Community Site Painting.

I went back to the Film Room where I finally retrieved my DVD copy of my film, Saving the Enchanted Forest, which had remained there since its second official showing on December 5. While I was there someone was setting up a special screening of a circa-1980’s laser disc that he found in a thrift store for $1. The man told me about how he collects laser discs and he even brought along his own laser disc player, which he rigged with the more modern overhead projector. He said that this particular disc he was showing had problems with the picture skipping and the audio not working. So he decided to show the movie with the volume turned down while playing some experimental music on a CD player that he brought along. The results were kind of surreal and reminded me of those vintage 1960’s movies from places like the Fillmore West where technicians would show psychedelic avant garde slides behind the band that was playing live on stage.

I checked out the last Artomatic Saturday variety show, which began with a deejay playing some tunes while an artist did a live painting off to the side.

But then, as the various musicians, comedians, and other performers took to the stage, the artist herself was allowing her body to be used as a canvas while other artists were engaged in body painting.

I even shot a video of my last day at Artomatic, where it’s essentially the same subject matter as the still photographs, except you get to hear audio and movement as well as seeing visuals. You can view it right here.

I took one last photograph of the Artomatic building when I was walking back to my car after I decided to leave.

Artomatic 2015 is another one for the Artomatic history books. I feel a bit sad that it’s over now but I have a lot of good memories during my frequent visits there.

Kimberly Stark :